|Florence Schumacher 16july2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Florence talks of growing up in Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada to immigrant parents. Her father arrived in Canada from what was then Rumania, present day Maldova, as a Yeshiva bocher, in 1927. He spent one year working as an itinerant Hebrew teacher in the southern farming communities of Manitoba. After he moved to the city (Winnepeg), he was very involved in the socialist/communist movement and especially union organizing...
Keywords: Winnipeg; communism; garment industry; grocery story; communist education; father; disillusionment; parental tension; dual education; feeling like an outsider; jewish involvement; jewish identity; old country; rediscovering relatives; world war two; Holocaust; gender egalitarian relationship; Steinberg humor; college; escaping jewish background; returning to jewish culture; humanist temple; raising children; foundation of Israel; Yiddish today; antisemitism; Boston area; Massachusetts
|David Mazower 28march2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; National Yiddish Book Center; books; Yiddish culture: theatre; Yiddish personalities; Yiddish language; old country; Holocaust; family history and stories; childhood; Jewish identity; Yiddish learning; theater; literature; ethnography; scholarship; education; religion and ritual; Israel; Eastern Europe; Feminism; United States; transmission; roots/heritage; children/grandchildren of; urban; shtetl; Kutno; Poland; London; England; Abraham Cahan; Marc Chagall; God of Vengeance; Yiddish Translation; gender
|Wyatt Miles 15April2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Wyatt Miles is a first year at Hampshire College. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Kauai, Hawaii when he was six years old. He speaks in depth about how he experienced life as a Jew, a "displaced" person, and as a person from Hawaii. Wyatt describes his childhood, adapting to the culture of Kauai, and experiencing the land and nature. There are many facets through which he connects to his Jewish identity, particularly through his close relationship with his mother, as well as through ...
Keywords: Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Immigration; Migration; Music; Film; Literature; Books; Poetry; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Religion and ritual; Jewish education; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Pesakh; Passover; Channukah; Khanukah; Channuka; Khanike Old Country; Eastern Europe; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission; Roots/heritage; Anti-Semitism; Jewish community; Rural; Kauai; Los Angeles; Joseph Brodsky; Yiddish Book Center; 1990s; 2000s; displacement; minority; Wyatt Miles; Yiddish Book Center; Hampshire College; JanTerm; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Eugene Orenstein 26August2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Eugene Orenstein, Associate Professor Yiddish and Modern Jewish History at McGill University in Montreal, was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKanada on August 26, 2011. Eugene Orenstein begins his interview with an extremely detailed account of his parents’ life in Poland. The third son of Jewish immigrants, Eugene’s memory has captured many of the stories his parents told him growing up. Eugene carefully details the stories behind both his mother and father’s life, how they were sweeth...
Keywords: Yiddish language; Jewish education; Yiddish around the world; Old Country; Eastern Europe; kheder; Yeshiva; Warsaw; Poland; roots/heritage; Social-Zionists; poverty; pogroms Immigration; Migration; World War I; New York City; Bund; United States; Anti-Semitism; Polish army; Soviet Russia; Communism; Bolsheviks; Cuba; quota system; Marxist; cooperative housing; immigrants; Bronx; New York; Jewish religion; Scholem Aleichem schools; Arbeter Ring schools; Shul Nummer Eins; Summer camp; Yiddish scene (U.S.); Camp Kinderland; History; childhood; Books; Literature; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish revival and activism; Yiddish learning; Career and Professional Life; Education; Family traditions; Canada; Assimilation; Jewish community; Transmission; Yiddish personalities; Yiddish culture: other; McGill University; Montreal; Montreal Public Library; Yiddish revival; activist; Jewish studies; advice; Scholarship; Academia; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc